1. Conference: “Religions and Human Rights”, University of Padua, Italy, 14-15 April 2016
The aim of the international conference is to take stock of the complex connections between religion and human rights, emphasizing that both the definition and the application of these two concepts are influenced by the different social and cultural contexts within which they are placed.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2016. Information: http://unipd-centrodirittiumani.it/en/attivita/Call-for-Papers-International-conference-Religions-and-Human-Rights-Padua-Italy-April-14-15-2016/1051
2. 50th Seminar for Arabian Studies, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA), London, 29-31 July 2016
The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only international forum that meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2016. Information: www.thebfsa.org/content/about-the-seminar
3. Associate Professor/Assistant Professor of Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Strong candidates in all disciplinary fields will be given serious consideration. The geographic area of specialization is open. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian or other regional research language(s) is preferred. The successful candidate will have an international reputation with a strong publication record and extensive teaching experience, preferably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Deadline for application: 15 January 2016. Information: www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=52161
4. Funded PhD Studentship Commencing Oct 2016, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow, Scotland
We are happy to announce a PhD studentship in history/archive studies, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, investigating the capture, transfer, and reconstitution of Iraqi archives in the USA.
5. Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Modern Turkish Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
The fellowship will run from September 2016 to August 2018. The salary is $55,000. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. between January 2011 and August 2016.
Deadline for application: 1 February 2016. Information: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/programs/turkish-studies/postdoc.html
6. Call for Articles for Edited Book “The Quest for Humanity – Contemporary Muslim approaches to the notion of human dignity in the context of Qurʾānic anthropology”
The volume focuses on the question of how Islamic anthropology can contribute to cultivation and perfection of the individual self as well as to social ‘humanisation’. Its specific aim is to bring together contemporary Muslim and non-Muslim approaches to (and readings of) human dignity, with reference to the Islamic tradition in general and the anthropology of the Qurʾān in particular.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2016. Information: www.theologie.uni-erlangen.de/lehrstuhl-fuer-religions-und-missionswissenschaft/cfp.html
7. Articles on “Gender, Islam and Human Rights” for Special Issue of Journal “Muslim World Journal of Human Rights”
Muslim World Journal of Human Rights invites submission of articles focusing either on the human rights of women in Muslim majority or human rights of Muslim women in Muslim minority countries.
Deadline for submission: 31 March 2016. Information: www.degruyter.com/view/j/mwjhr
8. Articles on “Culture” for Issue of Journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META)
This issue aims to critically engage with the various, often contradictory concepts of culture as used in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. What we want to discuss by inviting scholars to contribute to this issue is the quality of the term itself, its ambiguity and complexity, and its implications and dangers in public and academic discourse.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2016. Information: http://meta-journal.net/announcement/view/12
9. Perso-Indica Workshop
Female Characters in Śukasaptati and its Persian Versions
December 14th 2015, 16.00-18.30
16.00: Fabrizio Speziale, Introduction to the First Perso-Indica Workshop
16.15: Iran Farkhondeh, « “As long as You Know the Answer”- Women Characters in the Śukasaptati: Their Wits and Behaviours »
16.45: Pegah Shahbaz, « Women Characters and Their Roles in Jawāhir al-asmār »
17.30: Syed Akhtar Hussain, « Thus Spake the Tūtī »
Place: Salle des Placques, INALCO, 2 Rue de Lille, 75007, Paris.
Organisation and contact: Pegah Shahbaz,email@example.com
Iran Farkhondeh (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Mondes iranien et indien), « “As long as you know the answer”- Women characters in the Śukasaptati: their wits and behaviours »
To introduce the Śukasaptati, we will first give a sketch of the frame story. We will present in the main lines the elements of Indian civilization that are necessary to understand the whys and therefores of women’s behaviors in the Sanskrit text. We will suggest a typology of women’s characters in the book. Finally we will try to delineate the aims of the author. Is he of the opinion that, as long as a woman has the wits to get herself out of trouble, she could behave according to her wishes?
Pegah Shahbaz (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Mondes iranien et indien), «Women Characters and Their Roles in Jawāhir al-asmār »
Jawāhir al-asmār (Jewels of Stories) is the earliest Persian translation, known thus far, of Śukasaptati (Seventy tales of the parrot) realized in 713-715 H. /1313-1315 A.D. by a secretary named ‘Imād ibn Muḥammad Ṯaġarī at the court of ‘Alā al-Dīn Ḫaljī (r. 1290-1316).Jawāhir al-asmār could be the same Persian verbose rendering that Ẓiyā’ al-Dīn Naḫšabī (d. around 751/1350-51) mentions in the introduction to his popular Ṭūṭī-nāma, as the most prominent source he used for preparing his Persian version of the tales of the parrot. This presentation will focus on female characters in Ṯaġarī’s translation. Women’s inherent role in tales and their noteworthy strategies for overcoming the norms of male-dominated societies will be studied in detail. By means of concrete examples, we’ll discover how the use/misuse of imaginary by women could appear as a defensive tool for and against them in narratives.
Syed Akhtar Hussain (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), « Thus Spake the Tūtī »
Since the translation of Kalīla wa Dimna into Pahlavi, Arabic and Persian, Indian Classics began to impact literature in the Middle East. Sanskrit texts namely the Panchatantra and Śhukasaptati enriched Persian literature both in form and contents. The Ṭūṭī-Nāma, among others, is not only a translation of Śukasaptati but also a gem of Perso-Indic literature. Its translator Zia Naḫšabī presents the wisdom of India in a more impressive and elegant manner than it appears in the Sanskrit text. The Ṭūṭī-Nāma develops“Katha” into pure Persian literature and swells more in size and gives a full size picture of the Perso-Indic world where in Prabhavati and Madan Vinod transform into Ḫujaste and Maymūn.Śukasaptati’s narratives reproduced with a twist here and a turn there in the Ṭūṭī-Nāma but however it transpires that the Indian threads are deftly woven in the Persian tapestry of the Ṭūṭī-Nāma.
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Sorbonne Paris Cité
13 rue Santeuil
75231 Paris Cedex 05
Monde iranien et indien (UMR 7528)
CNRS – Sorbonne Nouvelle – INALCO – EPHE
27, rue Paul Bert
94204, Ivry – sur – Seine
10. “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts.”
For a description, please see http://thewalters.org/exhibitions/pearls-on-a-string/
11. Lectures & Workshops – Islamic Geometric Design (Istanbul 28-30 Jan 2016)
by Eric Broug
A 3 day event (28-30 January), with lectures and workshops by Eric Broug. Suitable for all, no experience needed. Tickets can be bought for individual events or for all events
28 Jan at 19:00 Lecture: An Introduction to Ottoman and Seljuk Geometric Design (35TRY)
29 Jan 09:30 to 16:30 Workshop: An Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design (95TRY)
30 Jan 09:30 to 16:30 Workshop: Advanced Islamic Geometric Design (95TRY)
30 Jan at 19:30 Lecture: What Architects and Designers Can Learn from Islamic Geometric Design (45TRY)
Ticket for all events: 225TRY
Location: MEF International School, Ulus Beskitas, Istanbul
For more information and to book tickets: http://broug.eventbrite.co.uk
Organised by the School of Islamic Geometric Design (www.sigd.org)
12. Call for Papers
31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference
The University of Chicago
May 6–7, 2016
We are pleased to invite graduate students, affiliated faculty, and independent scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit proposals on any topic concerning the Middle East and Islamic world from the advent of Islam to the present day. Disciplinary focuses include but are not limited to: history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, literature, philosophy, art history, cinema and media studies, gender studies, and diaspora studies.
Submissions should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. You may submit as individuals or as prearranged panels, with the latter strongly encourage. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position, and attach a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously, so please do not include any identifying information. Selection results will be announced in the middle of March 2016.
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